Skaters vs. Street Punks

Akron Skate Park

Open from dawn until dusk
-Take I-77 South (from Downtown Akron)
-Take exit 129 to merge onto I-76 W toward I-277/Canton/US-224
-Take exit 18 on the left to merge onto I-277 E/US-224 E toward Canton
– Continue onto US-224 E
-Turn left onto George Washington Blvd
-Turn left onto Springfield Lake Blvd
-Take the 1st right onto Massillon Rd
-Destination will be on the left

In 2001 the City of Akron Recreation Bureau opened a skate park next to Derby Downs and the Blimp Hanger where skaters could legally practice their craft without damaging private property. It’s a 19,000 square foot sweet spot of fiberglass-reinforced concrete with pyramids, rails, and quarter pipes that give local gals and guys a great place to thrash.

The park has some fantastic street art, including the Cobra logo seen above, but unfortunately some punks have sullied this spot, spray painting racial epithets and depositing a ton of litter around the site.

Luckily Akron resident Randy McIe and his stepson Joey Osco-Sadzewicz are stepping up to the plate and organizing a community effort to rid the park of hateful graffiti and clean the spot for skate artists to craft their skills.

You can read about their efforts in this article by the Akron Beacon Journal’s amazing Stephanie Warsmith.

Update – July 17, 2011

You can read about the effort to clean the skate park in this new article in the Beacon Journal by John Higgins.


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